Classical ensemble tunes up for regional tour beginning in Goulburn
What's On
The Canberra region will form a key role in the first tour by a groundbreaking program bringing quality music to regional venues. Independent touring organisation Music in the Regions was formed late last year with seed funding from the NSW Government. Its goal: to take classical ensembles into new territory, grow regional audiences and support emerging and established musicians. The inaugural tour will...
New Hilltops festival encourages visitors to get off the beaten track
Arts & Culture
Come March, the new Off The Beaten Track (OTBT) Art & Cultural Trail will bring vibrant music and creativity to the Hilltops region.  This first-ever showcase of the flourishing art and cultural offerings across the NSW South West Slopes is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the picturesque region. Running from 9-23 March, the trail will entice art and...
Back And Forth to Braidwood with Lily Morris
Arts & Culture
What if a song could perfectly capture something so unique to residents of Canberra and its surrounds? Lily Morris has done it with 'Back and Forth'. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter is no stranger to writing about her hometown of Braidwood, from which she finds a well of inspiration and draws coming-of-age tales and honest, wry lyricism. "I'm not very good at...
Photographer turns her focus on the beauty of older women
Arts & Culture
The beauty that is a woman over 40 has been captured by Canberra-based artist Yasmin Idriss in a new exhibition at Queanbeyan's Rusten House Art Centre. The 40 Project is the culmination of  a two-year study by the artist, using her skills as a photographer to capture who women really are, how they feel at this time in their lives, and...
Gunning’s historic Coronation Theatre needs your help
Community
Gunning's Coronation Theatre has brought life back to the village thanks to its custodians, actor Max Cullen and his partner artist Margarita Georgiadis. But now it needs your help. The theatre, in the main street, is in need of urgent restoration - work that is likely to cost $500,000. Since Max and Margarita moved in almost 20 years ago, they have...
It’s Moruya Mardi Gras time – town winds back the clock to celebrate Sydney Harbour Bridge 90th anniversary
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The marvels and mayhem of the Moruya Mardi Gras will be revived when the town celebrates the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in March 2022. Moruya is set to wind back the clock to the 1960s, 70s and 80s, when the town came alive with a colourful street parade, floats, marching girls, clowns and loads...
Geoffrey Odgers’ bushfire-inspired work takes out River of Art
Arts & Culture
A cathartic reaction to the isolation, danger, and trauma of the Black Summer bushfires has won a Tuross Heads artist the 2021 River of Art prize. Geoffrey Odgers captured his response to the bushfires in a series of oil paintings, one of which caught the eye of judges. "It was actually wonderful," Mr Odgers said, after winning the prestigious prize with...
When it comes to creativity in times of stress, take a page from this Wagga woman’s book
Community
A creative way to cope with the COVID-19 lockdown, for herself and others, has led a Wagga woman to do what she loves - and help earn a living while doing it. Jenelle Gray had a job but needed to make a little extra money. Jewellery, she thought, so she started making diffuser bracelets - a portable way to take...
An artistic inconvenience officially arrives in Batlow
Arts & Culture
The Inconvenience Store, an award-winning interactive performance piece created by artist Marina DeBris, has launched in Batlow. She has used items she found washed up on the beaches of Sydney to create her not-so-convenient store. The hope is that visitors consider the "consequences of our habits and how we can change them". Sculpture by the Sea is the group responsible...
Why Dalton residents have every reason to sing
Community
They certainly know how to celebrate in the village of Dalton. The first step is to resurrect the former derelict 1923 village hall - the once centre of town celebrating its centenary next year, and what better way to mark the event than by bringing the community hall back to life. In its heyday, the Dalton Hall was used for...
Charles Massy’s dragons tale spreads the word about conservation
Arts & Culture
"Beneath the western mountains, on the open plains of the high Monaro where the skies are blue and big, there lived a little dragon lizard." The Last Dragon covers the adventures of Timpo, a Grassland Earless Dragon lizard who embarks on a journey to discover if he is the last of his kind in the valley. Written by a prominent agricultural...
Dandelions sculpture blows away Taralga village
Arts & Culture
Sculptor Al Phemister had a vision for a small garden wall at the northern entrance to the village of Taralga. Giant dandelions. Five of them. Some created to look still, others to look as if they were swaying in the breeze. The idea was not just to create a stunning art installation that would draw people to the small community...
Femininity not forgotten in Ancient Greek blockbuster at National Museum of Australia
Arts & Culture
The subtitle to the 'Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes' blockbuster exhibition now open at the National Museum of Australia suggests women might not get much of look in. But that notion is soon dispelled upon entering the gallery and meeting Nike, the goddess of victory, and the other female depictions among the 170 items from the British Museum that will...
Bay filmmaker breaking stereotypes with carnival family documentary
Community
The stereotype of carnival workers being part of some sort of grimy underbelly of life is one that needs smashing and Batemans Bay filmmaker Isabel Darling has spent the past six years working on a feature length film that aims to do exactly that. She says The Carnival will "open eyes" and "kill stereotypes" about the people who make a life...
2021 Year in Review: Arts & Culture from around the region
Arts & Culture
The depth of artistic talent around the region never fails to astound us. In 2021, we met artists, authors and musicians from all walks of life - sand artists, graffiti artists, country singers and more. Here are a dozen of the art and culture stories you enjoyed this year. 12. Mongolian street artist breathes new life into Harden-Murrumburrah mill A whole...
The magic of Giiyong Festival will return in 2022 to bring communities together
Arts & Culture
The long wait is over as the acclaimed Giiyong Festival will return early in 2022 to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities together. It has been three years since the hugely popular first festival was held in the Yuin Nation in 2018. It then endured cancellations in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has now been announced...
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